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October 16, 2004
I bought this album because I felt like spending money and I was interested in mister Robert's special gospel album (U Saved Me). Turns out that the real gem is the first CD (Happy People), which is some kind of "Marvin Gaye – What's Going On"-esque blend of songs, presented by R Kelly the radio DJ. All songs more or less have the same beat, but it never gets boring as he knows how to produce a song. Definitely great when you're cooking dinner with some friends as I experienced today! The better songs are near the end (Stepping Into Heaven, Happy People – the current single "step to the left, step to the right…" etcetera) but the whole CD is worth the 4 stars (Update 4–12: as opposed to 5, as I will give MJ's Bad 4 stars, which is on par with this CD).
CD2 (U Saved Me) is great overall, but you better appreciate either gospel or R Kelly, or you will go mad in no time! Unfortunately, the songs will not be suitable for Revelation (Warwick Rock-Gospel Choir) as there's a lot of singing by R Kelly himself. Basically, each song ends slowly with R Kelly telling a story and slowly a choir comes in to stress some important remarks (such as "you saved me") until it ends in some climax with the choir being ecstatic and R Kelly singing on top of it. Believe me, I'm loving it, but it's a specific kind of music… Most extraordinary on this one is the threeway phone call between R Kelly, Kelly Price and Kim something – it's amazing how these people can talk and sing at the same time!
Anyway, I would give it 5 stars, but I want to leave the door open for improvement!